History, Arts and Culture of Asia

The one-year Master’s in Asian Studies specialisation History, Arts and Culture (HAC) at Leiden University is specifically designed for students interested in taking a humanities approach to understanding one or more countries or regions of pre-modern, modern or contemporary Asia. Expertise on Asia at Leiden University is internationally renowned and covers all Asian regions: East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia.

Choose History, Arts and Culture of Asia at Leiden University:

  • Gain expertise on the countries of your choice from the diverse perspectives of history, literature, art and art history, critical heritage studies, media and cultural studies, or religious studies.
  • Tailor your qualification to reflect your specific interests thanks to a modular programme format that offers elective courses throughout the programme and an individually supervised thesis – you can choose your area of expertise by country, region, discipline or field.
  • Learn from some of Europe’s best scholars in the field at Leiden University, offering you the very best of Asia-related research in North-West Europe.
  • Earn a dual degree by following the focus ‘Critical Heritage Studies of Asia and Europe’ at an Asian partner university, earning you an additional MA in Heritage Studies upon completion of your studies.

Within the MA History, Arts and Culture of Asia specialisation, knowledge of an Asian language is not required, but students have the option of taking an intensive modern language course at beginner’s level in Japanese, Indonesian, Chinese, Korean or Hindi.

Check out the programme in History, Arts and Culture of Asia.

Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Asian Studies
  • Degree Master of Arts in Asian Studies
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Start date September, February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60839

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